Ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all

Claudio Palmieri
CEO of Clean Energy Business Council and
CEO of CLS Energy Consultants DMCC
Claudio@cleanenergybusinesscouncil.com
The first thing that springs to mind while talking about “affordable, reliable and modern energy for all” in an urban environment clearly is Solar Energy. Solar heaters and PV solar power systems already cover the roofs of millions of houses and homes around the world and achieve today a cost versus performance ratio that makes PV Solar a commercially viable alternative compared to conventional energy sources even at locations where electricity is still subsidized. Solar energy is rapidly becoming a viable alternative in the effort to provide sufficient affordable energy and to meet the ever increasing power demand of Arab communities, cities and towns. Today we can observe an increasing number of Governments sponsored and private initiatives to install roof mounted PV solar systems in communities across the Arab world. The oil rich State of Kuwait for example has initiated a number of tenders with the aim to install PV systems on e.g. Government and School Buildings, primarily as a means to meet its renewable energy targets whereas Dubai has initiated a number of programs where the Government is partnering with the private sector with the aim to become a world leading green economy. The Shams Dubai program initiated by the Department for Electricity and Water (DEWA) is the first program in the GCC that allows private roof owners to reduce their utility bills by installing PV solar in a net metering scheme. Whatever the underlined motivation, it surely makes a lot of sense for regional Governments to encourage the installation of decentralized PV solar power systems on available empty roof space in urban areas. The Arab world is generally blessed having much better solar resources compared to the northern European Countries that first adopted a roof top solar program. PV solar power systems installed in an Arab town produce up to 2.5 times more energy annually compared to a similar installation in for example Germany. Decentralized roof mounted PV solar power also helps to reduce midday grid power demand peak resulting from air conditioning loads especially during summer. In combination with a program aiming at improving energy efficiency, solar energy can help communities in the Arab world find affordable ways to meet the increasing power demand of its growing population and to ensure the availability of sufficient energy for all its citizens. A lot of arguments can be made in favor of solar energy and it appears that PV solar power will continue to grow as an important element in the future energy mix of Arab communities across the region.

Photos of PV roof and carport applications international and regional:

Waseem Ashraf Qureshi, CEO, MiccGreenTec Solar Systems LLC

"Renewable power solutions now deliver reliable, 24 hour electricity at a cost that is lower than fossil fuel based power. This development is significant because it will enable the rapid electrification of rural areas in the Arab world that do not have access to grid power and are relying on expensive and hazardous diesel fuels. Each government will be able to power rural areas with massive savings from eliminating the requirement of building the transmission grid and cost of running diesel powered stations, and continual subsidies."

Atul Dua, CEO, UNIDAAN FZ – LLC

"We believe that Distributed Clean Energy Solutions such as PV solar will play a major role in the future development of villages and towns in the Arab world and will eventually become a key source of affordable, reliable and modern Energy for all. Cost of Photovoltaic systems continues to get more and more affordable. In fact they have gone down by more than 30% in last one year alone and is one of the cheapest forms of energy along with the benefits of being renewable source and low maintenance cost. Middle East is blessed with abundant Solar energy and large land parcels. We see an Oil like future for Solar energy in this region."

David Provenzani, CEO, DUBAI-SOLAR.ORG by Architaly Green Energy DMCC

"Education and training a very important precondition for citizens to adopt distributed PV solar power as their energy source of choice. Once everybody is aware of the real savings and benefits roof top installed PV Solar power systems, only then will house owners in Arab Towns be able to decide whether to invest in solar energy, or not. And a real solar energy revolution in the Arab world, will become possible only if everybody will be in condition to evaluate the true benefits Solar Power at his own convenience. No awareness, no market."

Heba Alrefai, Business Development Manager & VIP Relation Director-Clean Energy Business Council, Tanweer Solar Energy Technology L.L.C

"We believe that Distributed Clean Energy Solutions such as PV solar will play a major role in the future development of villages and towns in the Arab world and will eventually become a key source of affordable, reliable and modern Energy for all. Cost of Photovoltaic systems continue to get more and more affordable. In fact they have gone down by more than 30% in last one year alone and is one of the cheapest forms of energy along with the benefits of being renewable source and low maintenance cost. Middle East is blessed with abundant Solar energy and large land parcels. We see an Oil like future for Solar energy in this region."

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